Scots’ Presbyterian Church was established in 1878 and the present church was opened and dedicated in 1934. A new hall was opened next to the church in 2004. The church owns two other properties, one which serves as a manse for the minister and another which is at present rented.
The congregation supports the work of Joshua and Christina Hahn who minister in middle Asia, the work of SECET which oversees the placement of Religious Education teachers in high schools in the Shoalhaven area, and the ministry of Gideons International.
On the second Sunday of each month a congregational lunch is held which provides a good opportunity for members of the congregation to get together over a meal and for some years (although not recently) a holiday Kids’ Club was run during the October school holidays catering for about 45 primary school aged children.
2011 Census QuickStats (Berry)
Berry is about 120km from inner Sydney. Shopping centres and hospitals are situated at Nowra (20km), Shellharbour (35km) and Wollongong (50km). It is about 80km from the Southern Highlands. It is mainly dairying country and contains much beautiful scenery and opportunities for bushwalking. Seven Mile Beach is a short drive from Berry and Kiama is 25 minutes away.
The population of Berry is about 4000 and of Shoalhaven Heads is about 3000. About 80% of residents are Australian born with about 8% coming from the United Kingdom.
The age proﬁle of the town is as follows:
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There are three retirement villages in Berry and a primary school. The nearest high schools are at Bomaderry and Nowra. The atmosphere of Berry is that of a small village in which people take pride in the town. At the weekend and during holidays Berry is a popular destination for visitors from as far away as Sydney. The Berry Alliance is an organisation which oversees the development of Berry and is very active in making submissions to the Shoalhaven Council. At present a great deal of consideration is being given to the proposals for a four—lane bypass to the north of Berry. The Berry Alliance also published the Town Crier each month to advertise local activities and inform residents of issues which could be of concern for the town.
The town supports an extensive network of community groups including a Fine Arts Society, Red Cross, Bridge Club, Computers for Seniors, Crafts & Quilters, Garden Club, Drama Group, Historical Society, Rotary Club, Landcare Group, Meals on Wheels, Men’s Shed, Silver Band, Spinners and Weavers, CWA, Probus Club, Poultry Group, Zonta Club and various sporting groups.
The Christian Churches of Berry is a body which represents Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, Uniting and Baptist congregations in Berry. The two main functions which it organises are a Roving Dinner in the middle of the year and Carols in the Park at the end of the year. The group also actively supports the work of SECET in providing Scripture teachers in local schools.